Friday, June 18, 2021
An end in itself?
Again and again we are taught that the Torah is not an end in itself. It is the gate through which one enters the court in which one ﬁnds awe of heaven. “Said Rabbi Yanni: Woe to him who has no court; woe to him who thinks the gate is the court . . . And Rabbi Jonathan said: Woe to those scholars who occupy themselves with Torah and have not awe of the Lord.“—Abraham Joshua Heschel in Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays 200